The following is a repost of an article that I wrote in October 2006,
after reading an article by Seymour Hersh in The New Yorker,
about Donald Rumsfeld and his designs on the military.
Almost Doesn’t Count
It turns out the outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld who Many say that they have been wrong about reforming the Army. For you see where he had requested rapid response special forces paramilitary units. The only difference with what Rumsfeld wanted and the reality of the situation is that the CIA has them so perhaps one of the very first mistakes for Bush ministration may have been not naming Rumsfeld to the CIA post back in 2000 which had been expected.
The real tragedy is for the Army which is now ill-prepared to deal with the challenges that it may be confronting in the 21st century as well as the CIA. Rumsfeld along with the officers he brought out of retirement began to cut programs they deemed not worthy of the Army of the 21st century such as the millions in funding for the self mobile howitzers, and the billions in funding for the Comanche helicopter system.
What should have been done in terms of upgrading the military into the 21st century is that they should have more rapid response special forces paramilitary units in the CIA and have them be the cream of the crop from the rest of the military. that way they can fight the asymmetric wars of the future while the rest of the military can engage in the more conventional wars it is also important to note that the Director of National Intelligence should have complete command and control over the rapid response special forces paramilitary units.
Rumsfeld was close to fulfilling his dream of rapid response military but just like the Iraq war almost doesn’t count.